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Unusual teaching project volunteering with poor children in Florianopolis in Brazil


Volunteering, gap year and career break in Brazil

Teach school children from local communities on the stunning Island of Florianopolis! We work with several schools in the north of the Island. You may Teach more formal English at public schools, or you could teach children at a private school with an innovative system of learning in which students decide what they want to study!

The children of Florianopolis have an infectious laugh and cheeky manner you can't help but fall in love with. This is a great opportunity to spend time with the children of this wonderful island community. AND this placement will add substantially to your CV or Résumé!

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Price Please see Full Price List / Other Currencies
Duration From 2 weeks to 3 months or longer, subject to visa requirements
Start Dates All year round, you choose your start and finish dates, but subject to school holidays, please see holiday dates below
Requirements No qualifications needed. Minimum age 17. You don't need any qualifications, but if you have some grasp of Portuguese or Spanish, that would be a big help.
What's included Arranging your Programme,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance

Food (Breakfast only)
Meeting you at the nearest airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support.
Certificate of Completion
What's not included Food (Lunch and Dinner, see above, breakfast is provided), Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages 17 and over.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in caring for children, teaching or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement or short break in Brazil or South America or South-East Asia, or for those interested in TEFL teaching.


  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into South America and the Brazilian culture

  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

Unusual teaching project volunteering with poor children in Florianopolis in Brazil


The public schools in Florianopolis are attended by around 700 students aged between 6 and 16 years-old. These schools are supported by the local government and the students are all from the local community and do not pay anything to attend the school. Most of the students in public schools are from the local villages.

The schools hope that by having volunteers helping, this will broaden the student’s horizons, help the students to see how important is to learn a second language, especially if it is English, as well as introduce the volunteers culture and how important it is to understand and respect it. The children (and teachers!) benefit enormously from the experience of having a native speaker working together with them!

Volunteers are welcome to either assist the English teacher in regular lessons, introducing their culture, motivating students to learn about it, presenting new possibilities or volunteers are also welcome to develop their own teaching project, being the “main teacher” in this case. Anything that a volunteer can contribute to the students’ development and interest in learning is welcome.

The period of regular lessons is 4 hours long, with the children attending either the morning or afternoon sessions. The morning’s starts at 8am and finishes at midday and the afternoon session is from 1pm to 5pm.

In these regular public schools, English is taught in the mornings and afternoons on 4 days of the school week, to different groups of children, so the main teacher has in total 32 hours of teaching per week. You can work fulltime – 4 mornings and 4 afternoons – or choose some mornings and some afternoons, if you prefer having more free time to explore the city.

There are approximately 35 children per class, some are at the beginner’s stage and some are at intermediate level of English.

At the private school, the director believes in new ways of Education. In this school, students do not need to remain seated inside a classroom listening to a teacher for many hours a day. The innovative proposal in this system is to provide tools for students to look for what they want to learn. The tutors – who have different skills and abilities, such as music, dance, arts, sports - are always there to help and suggest topics and activities they know students are interested in.

The school is attended by 280 students, with 30% of them economically less fortunate so they do not pay anything to study here.

You will assist the teachers in their regular lessons, introducing your culture! Volunteers are also welcome to develop their own teaching project, being the “main teacher”, and in this case the local teacher and coordinator will be there to help you with planning the lessons. You are also very welcome to bring your ideas to contribute to the children’s process of learning, using your abilities and the school’s structure, such as playground, garden, kitchen, arts room …

There are times when the crèche is closed due to holidays and festivals. Please see below:
• Winter Holiday: 15th July 2017 – 30th July 2017
• Summer Holiday: 22nd December 2017 to 11th February 2018

Carnaval begins at midnight on the Friday before Ash Wednesday (usually around the second week of February) and last for five days, but the whole country stops for about two weeks. Carnaval is celebrated all over Brazil. The most famous is, of course, held in Rio, but the authentic versions of Carnaval are found outside of Rio.

The dates for 2018 are 10th to 13th of February.

If you speak some Portuguese (or even Spanish), you will find it very beneficial on this project. But don't be put off if languages aren't your thing! You're sure to pick up some of the basic words whilst you are there, and will find other ways to converse without language becoming a barrier. Don't forget that we can also arrange some Portuguese Lessons for you that you can take for a week before starting your placement or during your placement (either before or after school).

Unusual teaching project volunteering with poor children in Florianopolis in Brazil

Teach disadvantaged children in Brazil volunteering with Travellers Worldwide

Teach disadvantaged children in Brazil volunteering with Travellers Worldwide



Step into the amazing cultural of Florianópolis by living with one of our local host families. A home away from home and an authentic integration into the local culture.

You'll be much more than just a “tourist” and the added benefits are that often our host families introduce you to their families and friends ... which often results in invitations to many local events such as football matches, cinema, a drink in a local bar, birthday parties, family meals, a ride to the beach, etc.

You may have your own room, but depending on the number of volunteers there at the time, you will share your room.


At your accommodation you will be provided with breakfast. This usually consists of coffee, milk, bread and butter, cheese and fruits, setting you up for the day ahead.

You will need to budget for your lunch and dinner, but with an array of shops, supermarkets and restaurants nearby, you'll have a lot of choice for eating out

You can also choose to buy ingredients and prepare your own home-cooked meals at the host family. There are all the usual facilities to do this.

Care for Children in a Creche in Brazil | Gap year, career break, mature volunteers

Care for Children in a Creche in Brazil | Gap year, career break, mature volunteers

Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

Located in the neighbourhood of Praia dos Ingleses in the North of Florianópolis’ Island this project is maintained by the local government and the occasional sponsor, but this support only assists in covering the costs of the house where the project takes place and the 2 amazing people who run the project.

You don't need any qualifications, but if you have some grasp of Portuguese or Spanish, that would be a big help.

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure!

Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly fascinating country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to, which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!    

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a representative who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.

"One special experience I had was with a little girl who kept herself to herself, did not speak or play with the other children. She had a bad rash and sores all over her body. She was scratching all the time. I bought her some lotions and creams to help her and she got better and better. I spent more time with her and she started talking. I got her and the other children to interact and play games together. Soon she was just one of the group and fitted in with the rest. I will never forget her and she made the experience so special for me. I really would recommend anyone to take time to be a volunteer with Travellers." Ken Russell

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Care for Children in a Creche in Brazil | Gap year, career break, mature volunteers


While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience. 


Surfing / StandUp Paddle Lessons
Portuguese Lessons
Jiu-Jitsu Lessons in Florianopolis

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Florianopolis (or even a different country), thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!

Surfing Lessons in Brazil while on a volunteering placement with Travellers Worldwide


Florianópolis, or Floripa as it is more commonly known, is the capital city of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil. It is composed of one main island, Ilha de Santa Catarina, and a number of surrounding small islands.

Floripa is a natural treasure with truly exceptional sights, like beautiful lagoons, stunning beaches, rolling mountains lush with Atlantic rainforest, soft white dunes and an array of small offshore islands.

The island has something for everyone, from authentic and rustic fishing villages to surfer's paradises, high-end Brazilian summer getaways, pristine and untouched nature reserves just minutes away from modern shopping malls and cinema complexes.

Its numerous white and clean sand bottom beaches attract visitors from around the world as well as holidaying Brazilians.

There are lots of fun activities, like surfing, windsurfing, paragliding, snorkelling, diving, boat tours, jiu-jitsu, hiking, whale-watching and many other ecotourism options.

Florianópolis is blessed with some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world, 42 in total and has a wonderful sub-tropical climate, with average temperature between 70ºF and 90ºF, perfect for the beach!

The beaches offer everything from secluded and paradise-like getaways to nature preserves with long stretches of untouched and undeveloped coastline such as:

Lagoa da Conceição, which has several of the island's most beautiful beaches, including Joaquina, a Brazilian temple of surf and stage with immense sand dunes. It's also home to the world-wide surfing championships.

Praia Mole, another paradise of surfers and sun worshippers and a favourite of the island's young, athletic and beautiful!

Barra da Lagoa, which concentrates the biggest fishing colony of the Island of Santa Catarina and is popular with backpackers.

Praia da Galheta, a jaw-dropping coastal nature preserve completely virgin in its natural state, with a soft white sand beach, clear waters and surrounded by lush green hills.

Pantano do Sul beach, known for typical seafood restaurants and local fishing boats that make the passage to the beautiful offshore island Ilha do Campeche; and Ribeirão da Ilha, an historic district and one of the rustic fishing villages of Florianópolis.

Just 12 miles from the centre of the city, this entire part of the eastern region of the island has an advanced infrastructure and charm very popular with tourists from around the world.

Further north along the eastern coast is Moçambique, the island's longest beach and completely virgin, also a nature preserve, and Santinho beach, a more populated region offering good tourism infrastructure.

In the southern stretch of the eastern coast, Matadeiro beach is a great option for surfing.

Morro das Pedras has an agitated sea and a unique rock formation advancing into the sea.

Like Mardi Gras, Carnaval has its roots in ancient pagan ritual. The wild parties began in the Middle Ages. Over time it flourished and incorporated extravagant costumes from India and primitive carnal beats from African rhythm. Carnaval takes place before Lent where Catholic Brazilians officially gave up luxuries such as meat, alcohol and pastries.

The excitement of Carnaval builds practically all year round. Rehearsals at samba schools begin in August and marching percussion bands practise for their performances of music throughout the year.

Carnaval Balls are extreme, surreal and erotic events. There is various stages of undress, extravagant body painting, stickered tattoos, fishnets and spandex involved! Hypnotic music, grinding movements and beautiful ladies of the night vying for the camera’s attention are included in the price of the ticket. Some of these beautiful ladies are less ‘lady’ than they may appear…

Street Carnaval is all about the dancing in the streets, marching bands pump out their theme tune and other rhythms as the drag queens and party crazed people bop along behind.

The samba parades are perhaps a highlight of carnaval. As the Lonely Planet so nicely puts it, the Brazilians harness sweat, noise and confusion and turn it into art. The best Samba schools in the country prepare all year for their moment of glory. This procession is a competition of the art. There are many aspects to samba including percussion, song, dance, choreography, costumes, story line, floats and decorations. The winner of the samba parades earns admiration and the pride of Rio and all of Brazil.

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Care for Children in a Creche in Brazil | Gap year, career break, mature volunteers

Optional activities in Brazil


You can teach a variety of subjects to children of all ages in a choice of schools, orphanages and social assistance centres. When available you can also teach in an Argentinean Community Center Project. The Center located in central Buenos Aires and is one of our most deserving community projects.
Teach in stunning Ecuador! The government school we work with has about 200 pupils aged from 5 to 14 years old come from many different economic backgrounds and family situations. Some of the children are sponsored by the employers of their parents, others cannot attend school every day as they work as street vendors for part of the week.